NOAA satellite system funded, but at what cost?


As Steve Tracton reports, agency officials had warned that program delays would leave gaps in satellite data coverage in the next three to five years, compromising medium range weather forecasts, especially for high impact weather such as winter storms, extreme cold/heat spells, tornado outbreaks, and hurricanes.

But the increased funding for the satellite comes at the expense of other NOAA programs including climate, basic weather/climate research, components of other satellite programs, and fisheries and coastal/ocean resources.

Read more on the impact at The Capital Weather Gang.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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